CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Maryland right hander Jake Stinnett struck out 10 for the second consecutive game, but the Terps’ bats were held in check in a 5-1 defeat to Boston College in game one of a Friday doubleheader at Shea Field.
BC starter John Gorman held the Terps (25-16, 9-12 ACC) to one run on two hits over 5-2/3 innings to earn his third win of the season. Eagles’ reliever Mike King came on in the sixth to get the final 10 outs to pick up his second save.
Stinnett was touched up in the first inning allowing four runs on four hits in the opening frame, but then settled in and allowed only three hits over the next five. Stinnett finished with 10 strikeouts for the second consecutive game and moved into ninth on Maryland’s single-season strikeout list with 94.
The four runs the Eagles (15-27, 6-16 ACC) generated in the first were more than enough Friday. The big blow of the inning was delivered by right fielder Chris Shaw.
After leadoff hitter Gabriel Hernandez worked a work and advanced to third when Blake Butera found the gap in left center for a double, Shaw stepped in with one out and homered to right center to put the Eagles up three.
Boston College then loaded the bases behind a walk, infield single and fielder’s choice that saw all of the runners advance safely. Stinnett uncorked a wild pitch to allow a fourth run to score before striking out Nick Sciortino to end the inning.
Maryland got its lone run of the game in the fourth scoring on a wild pitch. LaMonte Wade and Nick Cieri each walked with one out and moved into scoring position on a Blake Schmit ground out. Gorman proceeded to strike out Cuas swinging, but his third strike got past the catcher and rolled to the backstop allowing Wade to score.
The Terps put runners in scoring position in the fifth and sixth, but were unable to push them across. In the fifth, Maryland got runners to second and third with one out, but Cronin wiggled out of jam. In the sixth, the Terps put a runner at second before King entered to end the threat.
The Eagles tacked on a run in the seventh on a Joe Cronin solo home run to lead off the inning.